Talks continue on eliminating support staff personnel in 2013-14 budget
The Upper Perkiomen School Board voted unanimously to table a motion on outsourcing custodial and maintenance staff last Thursday, effectively securing the jobs of 35 employees.
The move was met with enthusiastic applause and a standing ovation by some of the audience members in the Upper Perk High School auditorium, where the meeting was held due to a large crowd concerned about outsourcing and the budget.
While the motion was made by Board President Bill Scott to keep the 33 part- and full-time custodians and maintenance staff and two couriers employed by the district, Scott warned that the board may have to look at money-saving options, such as outsourcing services in the future.
“I don’t want anybody to think this is done because it’s not,” said Scott, responding to a question from Director John Gehman. “I want to emphasize that we are sitting here today but a year from now it may be a totally different situation. Hopefully things will improve that we don’t have to look at it again next year, but that’s not a promise.”
A presentation given earlier in the evening documented costs to the district from the proposals submitted by seven different companies, including Aramark, GCA Educational, Interstate, Jani-King, Marsden, Service Master and SOS Group. ...